Summary

They say I'm a murderer. 
Six years ago, Kate Reynolds was found holding the body of her best friend, covered in blood, and clutching the knife that killed her. 
I plead guilty. 
Kate has been in prison ever since, but now her sentence is up. She is being released. 
But the truth is, I didn't do it. 
There's only one person who can help: Private Investigator Madison Attallee, the first officer on the scene all those years ago. 
But there's someone out there who doesn't want Kate digging up the past. Someone who is willing to keep the truth buried at any cost. 
Robert Galbraith meets Susie Steiner in this gripping debut from Niki Mackay. 
©2018 Niki Mackay (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group Limited
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jenna Jenks on 25-04-18

I'm floored!

First of all, as a fellow writer, I was impressed with Niki's skill to weave vocabulary and dialogue. Her points are concise with a flow that is easily followed. This too had much to do with the excellent manner the narrators handled the different chapters and voiced the character's perspectives they played. It gave the story a fun dynamic that you get while watching a film and made the bouncing perspectives between chapters that much more entertaining to listen to.

When I started this novel I wasn't sure what to expect. In all honesty, I don't really read crime novels, but I decided to give this one a try. The beginning was jarring and left me curious to see where the author planned to go. And as the story contined, and we are introduced to the characters, they were relatable and interesting and not at all over the top (which I've had problems with for many typical crime novels where the characters are often very underdeveloped to push the mystery of the murder plot forward like pawns on a chess board.) That wasn't the case with these people, and I found myself caring for most of them (even some that would typically not merit sympathy.)

As the plot unfolded, the author left crumbs of possibilities to who the murderer could be. I usually grow bored by the last half having already figured out who the killer is and am waiting for the rest of the characters to catch up, but there were so many twists and turns in this novel that I can say that I didn't fully piece it together until the actual characters did, and that is quite a thrill!

The wrap up was also very fulfilling leaving all points of the story neatly tied up and a sense of finality to read the conclusion. I am pleasantly surprised just how much I enjoyed this story and will definitely be reading more from this author in the future.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tamaz on 11-06-18

Dark, but gripping

This story is quite enjoyable, but some parts are very dark, as you would expect from the subject matter.

I would recommend it, lots of twists as more background and information becomes unveiled.

The performance was good too, the story is told from several viewpoints, and each of the narrators is good at their characters.

It is not earth shatteringly original, but it is gripping, and I honestly can't think of a single negative.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jersey on 22-05-18

It’s okay but hard to follow at times...

There were so many characters and so many levels of crazy things going on it’s hard to follow. Overall it was pretty ok - although by the end I didn’t know who was related to who and how??

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